Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal - Friday 2nd February 2018 - Rochestown Park Hotel

Sixteen traditional musicians will take to the stage in the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork on 2nd February at 7 pm to compete in the final for the Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal.  The event will be broadcast live on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, and Facebook.

This year’s competition focuses on accordion, concertina and mouth organ, with the finalists coming from 11 counties in Ireland with both Manchester and New Jersey also represented.

This year’s competition will be judged by master musicians Charlie Harris, Mick Mulcahy and Noel Hill.  The winner of the competition will receive the Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal and €2,000.

For those interested in attending the competition, the Rochestown Park Hotel 021 4890800.

The finalists are

Aoibheann Queally, Clare (concertina)

Ciarán Kelly, Fermanagh (accordion)

Clara Mannion, Waterford (concertina)

Conor Connolly, Galway (accordion)

Creena Mulchrone, Mayo (accordion)

Donagh McElligott, Kerry (concertina)

Eimhear Flannery, Cork (concertina)

Enda McGonigle, Belfast (concertina)

Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin, Dublin (concertina)

Gerry Lappin, Armagh (accordion)

John Paul Wick, New Jersey (concertina)

Keelan McGrath, Tipperary (accordion)

Maighréad Ní Luasa, Cork (accordion)

Michael Sheehy, Manchester  (accordion)

Mícheál Ó Sé, Kerry (accordion)

Paul Clesham, Mayo (concertina)

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